DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/31
Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.
Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for
new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.
You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I sometimes forget to read them (although that doesn’t happen often). If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.
This week we’ve only got four releases, three of which are annuals. Before I read the comics, I’m hoping that this will be a very Friendly week.
The Flash #23
After the recently concluded The Button arc with Batman (it was really good and worth tracking down – there’s a minor spoiler at the beginning of this issue for something that happens relatively early in the series; a certain villain’s death), the 23rd issue of The Flash kicks off a new arc that sees the Scarlet Speedster teaming up with Green Lantern. It’s a Friendly enough comic that has Barry being a little too mopey for his own good. It may be accessible for new readers… but it’s not that great, either.
Teen Titans Special (or Annual) #1 Basically Deathstroke has Kid Flash’s super speed and wants to travel back in time to save his son. This special concludes the multi series crossover while still giving you enough action and bits of humour to make the enjoyable for new and old readers. It’ Friendly, but only just.
Trinity Annual #1 Following on from issue seven, which I genuinely don’t remember, this annual is a fun diversion that will take you on a quick story that you’re able to enjoy regardless of whether you read previous issues. Despite essentially serving as a longer regular issue, this is a Friendly annual.
Wonder Woman Annual #1 This Friendly annual is exactly what you should be looking for in a comic book annual; a perfect introduction to the character through a series of short stories collected in an anthology – there isn’t a bad one here.